Cosy up to a crocodile at the Festival of Research

Breathe fire like a dragon, examine a pig’s brain, and get better at finding meteorites! Come to the Festival of Research at Aarhus University on Wednesday 26 April and meet a wide range of researchers who can teach you about everything from unknown planets to the insides of a crocodile. The event is free and open to all.

What does the inside of a crocodile look like? Professor of biology Tobias Wang uncovers the mysteries of the crocodile at the Festival of Research at Aarhus University. Photo: Ole Frank Nielsen
Learn more about meteorites at the Festival of Research. Photo: Ida Jensen

Have you ever thought about what your last words will be? Whether watching horror films is healthy? Why it is actually difficult for us to eat a more plant-based diet? Or what the world looks like from other planets in the Milky Way?

Researchers at Aarhus University have – and they are ready to share their insights with you on Wednesday 26 April 14:00-18:00, when Aarhus University holds the Festival of Research. You can meet researchers in three places on campus:

  • In Stakladen, researchers will be ready with exhibits and experiments that you can take part in. You will be able to examine a pig’s brain for Parkinson’s disease, watch a researcher dissect a crocodile, and experience the spectacular Chemistry Show, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • In the rooms around Stakladen, researchers will hold short lectures in which they will present their research in new, inspiring ways and involve the audience. Learn more about integration, the division of labour in the operating theatre, and how researchers capture ions – electrically charged atoms.
  • You can also meet researchers on guided tours in places not usually open to the general public: the particle accelerator ASTRID2, the unique plant collection in the Herbarium, and the laboratory animal facility at Biology, where you can encounter snakes, frogs and fish. 

During the event, you will have the opportunity to purchase refreshments in Stakladen and to take a break between activities.

See the programme for the Festival of Research on 26 April.

You are welcome to just turn up on the day, but you can also register in advance and receive regular updates on the event. Please note that all the guided tours are already fully booked.


Festival of Research at AUH
As part of the Festival of Research at AU, you can visit the new Forum building at Aarhus University Hospital on 28 April from 13:00 to 17:00 – and hear presentations about health, diet and climate. Read more about the event at AUH

Festival of Research at Steno Museum
On Sunday 23 April from 11:00 to 16:00, you can also be a citizen researcher for the day at the Steno Museum. Among other things, you can help researchers by playing computer games or collecting data on the water quality of Danish lakes. Read more about the event at the Steno Museum

Festival of Research
The Festival of Research is a nationwide initiative launched by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. This year, it will take place in various locations across Denmark between 21 and 28 April. Read more at